bobastro chorro caminito del rey, the church carved in stone

CAMINITO DEL REY HIDDEN TREASURES : BOBASTRO CASTLE

Near The worlds dangerous path in El Caminito del Rey Spain there are other interesting locations worth visiting in El Chorro, Alora and Ardales.

With this post we start our series about “Hidden Treasures of El Caminito del Rey in El Chorro”

BOBASTRO , MEDIEVAL HIDEOUT AND FORTRESS IN EL CHORRO

Bobastro is an ancient archaeological settlement located in the north of the province of Malaga. In the area of ​​the Guadalhorce river, where Omar Ben Hafsun established the capital in its domain in 880, to rebel against the Emir of Córdoba. He acquired castles and lands in a wide area, not only in Malaga, but including portions of the provinces of Cádiz, Granada known then as Elvira, Jaén, and Seville.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church carved stone

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church carved stone

There is another theory which puts Bobastro in Ronda. Highlights are the rocks, carved buildings including a church, a castle, and  Mozarabic caves.

Access is from the road-Ardales Alora, about 2 km north of El Chorro and the south side of the Gaitanes Gorge and the Caminito del Rey. From here is a paved path that climbs the hill of Las Mesas de Villaverde.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church mountain location

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church mountain location

Part of the ruins of Bobastro can be accessed by foot. At the top of the hill you can enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding area and you will find there the remains of an ancient fortress.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey alcazaba city wall fortress

bobastro chorro caminito del rey alcazaba city wall fortress

There is also a water tank, the water is pumped at the top to at night to get electricity for the daytime.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey fortress castle

bobastro chorro caminito del rey fortress castle

THE CHURCH

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church carved stone

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church carved stone

Omar Ben Hafsun fled to Bobastro in the late ninth century and rebelled against the Emir of Cordoba. He conversted to Christianity in 899 to build this church. The carved rock was probably  performed in the late first century IX or X.
The Mozarabic church is the only known of al-Andalus. It was destroyed by Abdel Rahman III, when, after opposition as a separate kingdom it was conquered after more than 50 years by Cordoba kingdom. It was taken on January 19, 928.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church just found villaverde

bobastro chorro caminito del rey church just found villaverde

Unearthed in Sand Stone there is a basilica with three naves separated by horseshoe arches, transept and three territories, the central horseshoe arch and the rectangular sides.
Perfectly situated on the east and has a length of 16.50 m long and 10.30 meters wide. In the area there are remains of other buildings that belonged to other people who sought refuge there for hundreds of years.

HOW TO GET THERE.

Visiting Bobastro can be done from the nearby town of Ardales and Alora. These are just 45 minutes from the coast.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey crossing sings

bobastro chorro caminito del rey crossing sings

The roads are good, but the signals ar not very clear if you’re not from there.

-By Car

We recommend that you take the route from Malaga on the A-357 and then take the exit of Pizarra-Alora. After passing through the beautiful town of Alora you will see the signs for Bobastro. Like everything else in Spain on the way to Bobastro there are many things worth visiting such as: El Chorro Lakes, Gaitanes Gorge and Caminito del Rey, the town of Alora, El Quiosco Restaurant, Restaurante El Mirador and more.

-By Bus

Time tables keep changing and it’s impossible to get an updated timetable for buses to El Chorro. Also, the buses from Malaga, for example, go to the town of Alora, and then you have to wait and change for a bus to El Chorro. With that in mind and as the village of El Chorro sits on a railway station I am going to recommend the train and forget the bus. (see above for trains to El Chorro)

INFO ON ENTRY AND TICKETS

The archeological remains are open all week as follows and though the guided tour is in Spanish the signs and information boards are also in English.

bobastro chorro caminito del rey ticket sales

bobastro chorro caminito del rey ticket sales

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm there is a guided tour Approximately every hour (in Spanish)

bobastro chorro caminito del rey access walk path

bobastro chorro caminito del rey access walk path

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 am to 3pm (no guided tours on these days).

TIPS AND ADVICE

You need a full morning to visit including the trip. Good thing is that there is plenty to see around there to fill the day. Good location, good walking areas and good food!

Remember that now the ruins of Bobastro are cared for and are only open to the public certain hours of the day. Previously you could just walk in there and do your own  “discoveries”.

Ask a guide to what other things there are to see such as the fortress of Bobastro, the old city walls, the princesses house and several artificial caves that were used by hermits.

 

bobastro chorro caminito del rey cave houses

bobastro chorro caminito del rey cave houses

bobastro chorro caminito del rey casa de la reina mora

bobastro chorro caminito del rey casa de la reina mora

OTHER SIGHTS

You can also visit other attractions such as: La Huma Mountain, Escalera de los republicanos;

escalera arabe republicano chorro caminito del rey

escalera arabe republicano chorro caminito del rey

Caminito del Rey;

caminito del rey chorro 2003 panoramic 360

caminito del rey chorro 2003 panoramic 360

caminito del rey chorro 2003 panoramic 360 2

caminito del rey chorro 2003 panoramic 360 2

Ardales, Alora, Gaitanes Park and the park of the Conde del Guadalhorce.

PROPERTY IN EL CHORRO AND BOBASTRO AREA

Property for sale in Alora : http://www.inlandproperties.info/areas/ALORA-property-and-information.html

Property for sale in El Chorro and Caminito del Rey : http://www.inlandproperties.info/town-information/malaga-province/el-chorro-property-and-history.html

LINKS

  • Location of Bobastro Complex in Google Maps:

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May Crosses Festival in Spain 2015 : Colour and Faith under the Sun

May Crosses Festival of Spain (Cruces de Mayo) in Cordoba and Granada 2015

 

 

The Festival of the May Crosses (Cruces de Mayo) is celebrated throughout Andalucia though it is in Cordoba and Granada where the most impressive displays are on show. If you have to choose one then go to Cordoba. The festival consists of the construction of large crosses made of beautiful flowers in many of the city’s main squares.

Cruces de Mayo Festival Spain 2015

Cruces de Mayo Festival Spain 2015

In the true spirit of Spanish fiestas a temporary bar is built in the same square as the cross. This is where the locals congregate each evening for a good few drinks and tapas which inevitably leads to spontaneous flamenco style dancing into the early hours.

Cruces de Mayo Festival Spain 2015

Cruces de Mayo Festival Spain 2015

The celebration takes place during the first few days of May with the first weekend tending to be the busiest when visitors from all over Spain arrive to join in the party. The actual crosses which are around three metres high are made by the people of the neighbourhood and the local town council runs a competition to find the best cross (Concurso de los Cruces de Mayo). In Cordoba alone there are some eighty crosses to choose from.

Cruces de Mayo Festival Spain 2015

Cruces de Mayo Festival Spain 2015

In Cordoba some of the best neighbourhoods to head for are San Basilio, Santa Marina and San Augustin whilst in Granada it’s the Albaicín and the ‘barrio’ of El Realejo where the best crosses and most merriment is to be found.

Cruces de Mayo Festival Spain 2015

Cruces de Mayo Festival Spain 2015

The temporary bars generate a good income during these few days which is used by local brotherhoods (cofradías) and community groups to finance various local festivals including Holy Week (Semana Santa) and the Cordoba Fair (Feria de Cordoba).

This is a typical Spanish fiesta you shouldnt miss !

LINKS

http://www.soycordoba.es/evento/cruces-de-mayo-cordoba-2015/

Property in Cordoba : http://www.inlandproperties.info/areas/CORDOBA-property-and-information.html

Property in Granada : http://www.inlandproperties.info/areas/GRANADA-property-and-information.html

 

VERDIALES MONTES MALAGA ALORA ALMOGIA CRUCES INLAND PROPERTIES

VERDIALES : ANDALUCIA IS MORE THAN FLAMENCO AND SUN

VERDIALES FESTIVAL IN LAS TRES CRUCES CHAPEL, ALMOGIA AND ALORA, SPAIN

TODAY 03 MAY 2015, AT 09:30

The Verdiales Spring festival takes place today Sunday May 3, 2015 from 9:30 am with the “rise of the flags” at the known as Ermita de las Tres Cruces, located in the limits of Almogía, Alora, Cártama and Pizarra.

Verdiales in te montes de Malaga Alora and Almogia

Verdiales in te montes de Malaga Alora and Almogia

The verdiales groups from cited four villages spend the day between songs and dances, dancing the “Churripampa” performing the traditional clash between pandas and conduct the popular raffle.

The Panda starting the walk around Las Tres Cruces Chapell

The Panda starting the walk around Las Tres Cruces Chapell

The first references of this festival date back to 1722, that’s why it has been declared of National Tourist Interest in Andalusia and National Tourist Singularity of Andalusia.

All the colour of Andalucia at the Verdiales in Alora

All the colour of Andalucia at the Verdiales in Alora

From 11.00h to 20.00h there will be 10 verdiales of three different styles, together with the traditional greeting at the door of the chapel after walking around it.

Greeting at the Chapel door in Las Cruces

Greeting at the Chapel door in Las Cruces

Verdiales, history

Verdiales (or Verdiales dance) are a festive manifestation of ancient and peasant origin, socio-musical nature peculiar to certain geographical areas in the province of Málaga (Axarquía, Valle del Guadalhorce and Montes de Málaga).

Another Panda approaching the Chapel

Another Panda approaching the Chapel

Verdiales Festival is one of the cultural expressions related with storngest attachment to the region of Montes, which have been forged and developed without any regulations, done by ancient roads, tracks, isolated cortijos or travelling, by sales or wineries, showing the people the the roughness of these lands, with some specific forms of representation linked to such places.

Both Pandas meet at the Chapel and greet

Both Pandas meet at the Chapel and greet

Origins of the Verdiales

The root of the Verdiales is a controversial issue, and at times identified as pre flamenco or before the Christian and Arab invasion, but even before the romans and Phoenicians. That is over 2500 years old.

Its a very happy event for the country people inland

Its a very happy event for the country people inland

Locations

Chapels, with their adjoining squares, are significant frameworks, places with high relevance for the Malaga community of verdiales and evocative of eco-cultural identity. These hermitages are Verdiales, Three Crosses, of Jeva, and Loma la Boticaria.

 Some more moments…..

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Some more moments of the Verdiales festival at Las Cruces Almogía and Alora

Some more moments of the Verdiales festival at Las Cruces Almogía and Alora

tolox las mozas festival 2014 inland properties

TOLOX FESTIVAL LAS MOZAS FUEGO Y AMOR

When : 6th,7th & 8th of December 2014

Tolox, in 1570, suffered a deep and brutal transformation. their residents had supported the rebels who fought in the Moorish war. After years of bitterness and humiliation, they had decided to rise in a suicidal war, which led them to an end. 6, 7 and 8 December these events are remembered in the village of Tolox, a tradition rooted in the sixteenth century and known as the Day of “The Mozas”.

tolox las mozas festival 2014 inland properties

tolox las mozas festival 2014 inland properties

 

The residents of the town, draw their own costumes following models of the time, are preparing recipes dining that will lead to the kitchen of another era. And a theatrical spectacle in which many residents involved of the locality, give life to the characters and events of that fateful year.

What can the visitor find in the town of Tolox in the XVI century?

An atmosphere that will take you back in time, making the space in a small corner of Tolox of 1570. And within that space, Moorish and Christian taverns offer us a variety of 40 different tapas-inspired dishes and meats of the XVI century. Many will remember our today tapas.

tolox las mozas festival 2014 inland properties

tolox las mozas festival 2014 inland properties

In Christian bakery, visitors can enjoy muffins pregnant as a flagship product. Nothing better for cold tea, coffee, tea or sweet form XVI Century. And who doesnt want a good donut with chocolate newly brought from the Americas. Visitors will enjoy the area of the Church. And all this with products and Christmas crafts created by the residents of the municipality, to adorn the tables of visitors to our event. All this in a weekend where we can enjoy history live in a cozy village that will make you spend some unforgettable hours.

tolox las mozas festival 2014 inland properties

tolox las mozas festival 2014 inland properties

Synopsis of the play:

The play will be represented in 12 scenes, a tribute to a part of our Hispanic history of being expeled for the sole reason of having different customs than the ones marked by the ideology at the time. The war is over and the rebels have defeated the Moors. even so try to keep their customs, despite persecution and humiliation to which the victors subjected them Christians. Peter and Mary are a Moorish marriage that has experienced first person hardships of war. Pedro, defeated in last Battle near Istan, now a slave of the Marquis and meets the orders benefited from the locality. Mary does not give up and retains the status of a free woman. But they are besieged by Christians. Especially for Doña Berengaria, a perverse woman , aided by his power that definitely wants to humiliate them.

tolox las mozas festival 2014 inland properties

tolox las mozas festival 2014 inland properties

LOCATION :

INTERESTING LINKS :

THE TOWN OF http://www.inlandproperties.info/town-information/malaga-province/tolox-property-and-history.html

http://www.inlandproperties.info/html/search_property_for_sale.html?situat=COIN&tabla=ANY&pueblo=ANY&pricelow=10000&pricehigh=1500000

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas

Necropolis Aguilillas in El Chorro Ardales

From the “Hidden Treasures of the Costa del Sol” series.

Situated between the valleys of the Guadalhorce and Turon, a Miocene sandstone promontory some 500 meters above sea level rises. The prehistoric necropolis of Aguilillas was discovered in the late eighties and was studied in 1991.

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas  tumba 1 y 2

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba 1 y 2

They are seven funerary structures carved into the rock that have preserved the burial chambers and numerous niches around. Some of them retain access corridors. Over two thousand archaeological and fifty people of both sexes and all ages, who were buried in these graves between 2,100 and 1,900 BC, were studied. In a period of transition between the Copper Age and Bronze.

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba1-2

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba1-2

The burials were always second deposition (only bones) and consistent with their grave goods were deposited on ceramic tableware, flint knives and personal adornments (necklaces). Also, a number of metal objects (palmelas tips and punches) along with some female idols in stone were discovered.

The tombs of Aguilillas part of the prehistoric necropolis built in artificial caves south of the Iberian Peninsula, for its architectural forms, human remains and archaeological outfits are the best studied and have provided more information about the life and death of the first inhabitants of Guadalhorce.

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba1-1

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba1-1

Shortly after crossing the door we find the first panel where we report the circular path to visit graves 7, the circuit is about 2 kms. and that the difficulty is medium – low. A short climb of 280 meters along a forest track and started circular path. The route is marked all the way, 190 meters and the number 1, 2 and 3, we arrive at the first grave on the right to the left (east) the number 4, this is the first we visited was I is a semirupestre construction was excavated without runner and with an oval plan containing the antechamber and the chamber separated by a partition.

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba4-2

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba4-2

These tombs have unbeatable views. All were excavated with stone tools of which more than 200 have been found.

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas  vista desde tumba7-3

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas vista desde tumba7-3

The tomb 1 is incomplete or may not have been completed, when found it presented the remains of a camera and two niches. Tomb No. 2 had a corridor and a niche in the antechamber, was covered with slabs and consists of a large chamber with two side niches. Tomb No. 3 retains a corridor and had a small antechamber.

To reach the next grave, number 5, we have to follow the path south for 180 meters before we will come across the remains of the trenches of the Civil War.

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas trincheras guerra civil 1

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas trincheras guerra civil 1

A few yards beyond the line we follow the spectacular tomb number 5, undoubtedly the most striking of all, this presents a corridor covered with slabs and expansion as an antechamber, the main chamber is larger and smaller niche.

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas  tumba 5-1

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba 5-1

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas  tumba 5-5

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba 5-5

After a stretch of 100 meters of downhill that is accessible to the tombs number 6 and 7, these two tombs have no corridors, up a small antechamber and a central chamber in which three two niches were excavated.

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas  tumba 6-1

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba 6-1

 

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas  tumba 7-1

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba 7-1

The tomb number 7 is retained in situ, a large slab that closed a niche where there was a child burial.

These tombs are in the Cerro de las Aguilillas between the Guadalhorce valley and Turon between Campillos and Ardales. Although we can drive up to the door of access to the Necropolis, for those who want an activity trail, they can leave the car in the vicinity of the reservoir Guadalhorce (Conde de Guadalhorce) and walk up a few miles to the reservoir. You can park your car in the small parking there just before the Guadalhorce reservoir coming from Ardales.

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba 5-6

ardales chorro necropolis aguilillas tumba 5-6

LOCATION :

FULL MAP OF INTERESTING MALAGA LOCATIONS :

LINKS :

http://gpsmalaga.blogspot.com.es/2013/02/circular-necropolis-del-cerro-de-las.html

http://es.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=3909991

INTERESTING LINKS OF THE AREA :

The Area of El Chorro and Ardales : http://www.inlandproperties.info/areas/ALORA-property-and-information.html

Property for Sale in El Chorro Area : http://www.inlandproperties.info/html/search_property_for_sale.html?situat=ALORA&tabla=ANY&pueblo=ANY&pricelow=10000&pricehigh=1500000

Property for Sale in Ardales : http://www.inlandproperties.info/html/search_property_for_sale.html?situat=ANY&tabla=ANY&pueblo=ARDALES&pricelow=10000&pricehigh=1500000